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Hunt saboteur comes to the aid of injured hunt master

March 10, 2015

A hunt saboteur put his cause to one side as he came to the aid of an injured huntsmen who lost consciousness after an accident near Cowden.

Ian Hamson, a hunt master of the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Fox Hunt, is believed to have been injured after his horse fell and rolled on top of him during a meet on Saturday.

A member of Croydon Hunt saboteurs, also a trained paramedic, stepped in and helped the injured man until other paramedics arrived.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "Well done to the sab who put his differences aside to act so compassionately, even in the face of hostility from the injured huntsman.

"His actions prove once again that saboteurs are compassionate not only towards animals but humans as well.

"This is another nail in the coffin of the Countryside Alliance's campaign to portray us in a negative light and it would be interesting to see what would have happened if the roles had been reversed."

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Officers attended Cowden Pound to ensure public safety on Saturday morning after receiving a report of a hunt demonstration.

"However, no offences were reported so no further action was necessary.

"While in attendance, a man required medical attention after falling from a horse and was treated at the scene by a first-aider."
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Trampled hunt saboteur case re-examined by CPS

10 March 2015 Last updated at 11:18
A decision not to prosecute a rider whose horse trampled a hunt saboteur, leaving her with seven broken ribs and a collapsed lung, is to be re-examined.

The woman was hurt during the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt on the border of Somerset and Dorset in August.

The huntsman was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to proceed with bringing charges.

The CPS is now reviewing the case under the Victims' Right to Review Scheme.

'Absolutely abandoned'

The CPS said it originally decided not to bring the case to court as there was "insufficient evidence that the incident could have been foreseen".

The victim, a medical professional who asked not to be identified, said: "As I lay in hospital the only thing on my mind was 'have they got this on video?' Because I wanted to ensure it was looked at properly.

"If you ride at speed through a narrow gap where there are clearly people standing, there must be a risk of hitting them.

"I'm a victim of crime and feel absolutely abandoned by a system that's supposed to protect me."

The master of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt, Rupert Nuttall, said he was "clearly sorry that the accident happened in the first place".

"It's up to them [the CPS, whether to bring charges] - it's nothing to do with us."

A petition calling on the CPS to reverse its decision not to prosecute has gathered almost 12,000 signatures since February.

Campaigners from the International Fund for Animal Welfare believe the decision not to proceed with the case was "legally flawed".

They argued because the incident and the injuries "were so serious" that "a court of law with a jury should have made the decision and not someone in a CPS office".
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